Michigan May Turn 'brownfields' Into Energy Parks

Associated Press

Researchers at Michigan State University are recommending redeveloping unused or underused industrial areas around the state as renewable energy parks.

Details of the recommendations are being released Tuesday at a news conference at a former General Motors Corp. plant in Grand Rapids.

The researchers say some of these "brownfields" could be sites for making equipment used in generating electricity from the sun or the wind.They say other such sites could be used for installation of solar panels or wind turbines.The researchers say using old industrial sites in such ways can create good-paying jobs and diversify and strengthen Michigan's economy.


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